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CADTH Recognition Awards Anniversary Medal Recipient - Stirling Bryan

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Introduced in 2014 to commemorate CADTH’s 25th anniversary, the CADTH Anniversary Medal is awarded to individuals whose hard work and dedication have helped develop, support, and expand the use of HTA as a vital component of an effective health care system.

More details at:

https://www.cadth.ca/news/cadth-celebrates-health-technology-assessment-leaders

 

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Where are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Basia Rogula tells her story

Basia Rogula completed a Master of Science in Statistics at UBC in 2016 and is currently a Senior Statistician at Broadstreet Health Economics and Outcomes Research. At Broadstreet, Basia aids in designing and conducting observational studies, and has had the opportunity to work on studies in a variety of fields of medicine including oncology, urology, and dermatology.  

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Dr. Jerilynn Prior awarded 2019 Aubrey J. Tingle Prize

Created in honour of MSFHR’s founding president & CEO, the Aubrey J. Tingle Prize is awarded annually to a BC-based clinician scientist whose work in health research is internationally recognized and has had a significant impact on advancing research – and its implementation – to improve health and the health system in BC and globally.

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Classroom learning in context—how does violence prevention education work on the ground?

Health care workers face more violence on the job than any other public sector worker, including police and correctional officers. Despite a widely-implemented provincial violence prevention curriculum, injury rates over the past several years have remained stable and even risen in high-risk areas, including emergency rooms, mental health centres and residential care homes. To find out why, researchers  are launching an evaluation of BC’s violence prevention education to better understand the challenges of applying classroom learning to the real world.  

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C2E2 research guides policy change in BC

The B.C. government is improving access to deep brain stimulation (DBS) for people with Parkinson’s disease.  DBS is a treatment option for those with Parkinson’s whose symptoms can no longer be controlled with medication. 

The Ministry of Health has established a plan to address wait times for DBS. The province is increasing operating-room time for the treatments and also recruiting an additional qualified neurosurgeon with sufficient experience in primary insertions.

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Where are They Now? C2E2 Alumni Jennifer Davis tells her story

Dr. Davis is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Management at UBC-O. Jennifer's research focuses on conducting economic evaluations alongside randomized controlled trials (i.e. cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyses) in a variety of clinical settings where participants have mobility limitations (i.e. falls & fracture clinics) and various degrees of cognitive impairment.

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Effective mild asthma management with lower steroid doses

A groundbreaking study published in the New England Journal of Medicine could lead to a reduction in the amount of steroid medication patients need to take to manage their mild asthma. Lead investigator Dr. Mark FitzGerald, a researcher with Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), examined whether patients with mild asthma could benefit from a combination medication versus twice-daily inhaled steroids or non-steroid reliever inhalers on an as-needed basis. 

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Ask an expert: Reality check on drugged driving—will legalizing cannabis make our roads less safe?

The legalization of recreational cannabis use in Canada, scheduled for October 17, 2018, is raising concerns about whether more people might start driving while high. It is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Canada, but a recent study led by Dr. John Staples, a Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researcher who studies traffic safety, found the risk of a fatal traffic crash increased on the day of the annual cannabis celebration called ‘4/20’. Staples shares insights on common questions about cannabis-impaired driving.

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Asthma patients breathe easier with their phone in hand

Breathing is such an automatic process that it can be easily overlooked. Yet, for many asthma sufferers, that is not always the case. To help asthma patients manage their symptoms, health care providers often instruct them to use an Asthma Action Plan (AAP). AAPs have traditionally been paper-based, but a new study led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researchers is testing the efficacy of an electronic AAP (eAAP) with text-based reminders.

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